Published Thursday, 13 December 2012
Arrigo Brovedani watches his side Udinese all on his own. (© Getty)
Arrigo Brovedani, 37, cut such a lonely figure in the stands that even his team jokingly invited him down onto the pitch during warm-ups at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
"I made the journey to Genoa, arrived at the stadium, and only then did I realise I was the only Udinese fan there!" he told Italy's Udine Today.
"At that point, the stewards asked if I wanted to sit in the main stand, but I insisted on going into the away end as I had paid for that ticket."
"I had the Udinese flag with me, as I carry it everywhere in my car."
The Samp fans applauded me after we scored and they were really very kind.
According to Arrigo, the stewards provided him with coffee and the directors of the host side presented him with a team shirt.
Home fans laughed and applauded him throughout the game, getting cheery waves in response.
And luckily for the visitor, his team won the game 2-0 - dedicating the victory to their sole supporter and inviting him to their next home game.
"At the final whistle, Samp fans came towards me and offered me a drink, complimenting me on my passion," Arrigo said.
"It's a shame I couldn't stay long, but I had to run due to work commitments."
Attendances at Serie A games have been dropping, but still tend to average just under 22,000. A single supporter showing up to a match is thought to be unprecedented for any side in the league.
Arrigo's story has made the headlines across Italy and around the world.